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Kurtz: Roseanne fiasco raises the question of double standards
President Trump accuses ABC of unfair treatment according to Bob Iger an excuse for Roseanne Barr is a racially-charged tweet; analysis by Howard Kurtz, Fox News media analyst.
I don’t think we are all agreed, it was the Ambien that Roseanne Barr has a long history of spewing conspiracy theories, and ugly attacks.
But their spectacular self-immolation ignited a cultural debate in this country about race, online Gift, cultural standards, and — inevitably — President of the Trump.
As Barr, in a late-night tweestorm blame her racial slur against Valerie attacked Jarrett on sleep medication, and some of your colleagues-performers, she admitted that she was fully at fault:
“Guys, I did something unforgivable, not to defend me. It’s 2 o’clock in the morning and I was tweeted ambien-it’s memorial day was-I ran 2 & don’t want to be defending him-it was outrageous Untenable.”
Fine. She’s right. There is no defense. On what planet do you have to be to talk about a black person and “Planet of the apes”?
There is also no question that ABC knew exactly what it was, and that is the reason why network President Ben Sherwood told the New York Times in March that “you can’t control, and Roseanne Barr. Many who have tried, have failed.”
So obviously, the network has a long history of tweeting was not aware that Barr was ugly, unproven insults and wild conspiracy theories. And presumably she wasn’t on Ambien, all of these times.
Roseanne have retweeted at one point that “ABC, the trump-haters is so, the control in the station” — although it is the network, the platform for your pro-trump-start in the first place.
The network gambled that they could revive their hit show, you have that specifically appeal to Trump the country — and it did. But also as you ride high, Roseanne couldn’t stay off the Twitter. And that costs you, the hundreds of people working on the map and the network that your invested.
With so many experts on the left-hand side, the debt of the Roseanne debacle on trump — which, of course, had nothing to do, besides enjoying the success of the show — it was only a matter of time before the President entered the fight.
It is noteworthy that Trump made no comment on Barr for the racist tweet. Instead, he tweeted that Disney chief Bob Iger, “Bob Iger of ABC by the name of Valerie Jarrett, to tell her that ABC does not tolerate any comments like this” made by Roseanne Barr. Man, he was never President Donald J. Trump to apologize called, for the TERRIBLE statements and said to me, on ABC. Maybe I didn’t get the call?”
I’m sure unfair things have been said about trump on ABC News and every other network. I’m not exactly sure that you will fall into the category of compared him to a monkey.
But HBO’s Bill Maher, five years ago, I jokingly compare Trump’s hair to an Orang-Utan. And the ABC is lightning-quick-dumping “Roseanne” raises questions about the media and the cultural standards are used when public figures say offensive things.
No action against Joy Behar, for example, if the “view” co-host mocked Vice President Pence religion. She apologized, finally, first privately and then publicly.
MSNBC took no action against Joy Reid, when a torrent of your homophobic tweets surfaced from a decade before. They are ridiculously claiming that their account had been hacked, but also apologized for her “stupid” and “hateful” posts.
And ESPN action took no action against the former “sports Center” co-host Jemele Hill for calling the President a “white racist” and “bigot.” But the network suspended its proposal to boycott the Dallas Cowboys for cracking down on player protests.
On the other hand, CNN host Reza Aslan for tweeting fired, that Trump was a “piece of s—” and “embarrassment to humankind.”
CNN also fired pro-Trump post Jeffrey Lord twittering for the Nazi greeting “Sieg Heil.”
Sarah Sanders weighed in Wednesday, saying:
“Where’s Bob Iger was an apology to the staff of the White house for Jemele Hill, the President and everyone associated with it calls a white a racist? Christians the world over for Joy Behar Christianity gets a mental illness? Where was the sorry for Kathy Griffin on a profane rant against the President on ‘the View’, after a photo showed her holding the President of Trump ‘ s severed head? And where is the apology from Bob Iger, ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his many words-laced tweets attack on the President as a ” Nazi, and even the enlargement of his role after this attack against the family of the President?”
These are legitimate questions. In fairness, CNN dumped Griffin and Olbermann, who some extremely tough anti-Trump videos for the likes of GQ, ESPN (TV channel only on the Sport. But the treatment would not have been different if the goal was to trump?
The bottom line is that every media organization sets its own standards, depending on the seriousness of the offense, the popularity of the performer and the past of the person record.
These problems were once a return is much easier under the table. But we all live in the Twitter world, the end of a career, and online mobs can form, now that a poorly selected set can at a moment’s notice.
Roseanne Barr woke up in the morning with the most popular show on television. But hours later, she was unemployed, because you touched the third rail of racism and the ABC executives concluded that they had crossed a very bright line.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.